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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently published an important memo that every hospital should know about: a revision of the interpretive guidelines for radiology and nuclear medicine.
AHC Media will conduct a webinar on these changes to the radiology and nuclear medicine on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 1-3 pm Eastern. Watch for details soon at www.reliasmedia.com.
In the past several years there has been a focus on ensuring the safety in the use of ionizing radiation. Exposure to ionizing radiation has doubled in the past 20 years. Increasing exposure has been shown to increase cancer risks. CMS also noted studies finding problems with quality control, training of staff, and overutilization. There have been reports of patients receiving radiation overdoses associated with CT scans for evaluation of stroke.
Some of the new changes and issues in the radiology interpretive guidelines include: